Mr. Richards was for a number of years councillor, and is now filling, Nvith much acceptance, the office of Mayor of Bothwell for a second term. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and in politics is a Conservative. He belongs to the Masonic Brotherhood, and also to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has been twice married—first, in the year zS67, to Martha Aiin Rippon, and again, in zSSj, to Sarah Morrison, daughter of John Fitzpatrick Morrison. He has a family of three daughters and five sons, his eldest son being in the Review office, Woodstock.